Several states in the U.S. and many regions of the world are experiencing a high number of cases of COVID-19. The university is strongly recommending that UB faculty, staff and students avoid traveling to regions that are being impacted by the virus.
In coordination with New York State officials, the university will follow guidance on mandatory quarantines when a person travels to the university from non-contiguous states.
Quarantine No Longer Required for Fully Vaccinated Persons or Persons who have Recovered from COVID-19 Infection
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks (14 days) after receiving the full vaccine series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. An individual who is considered fully vaccinated may be exempt from quarantine for up to 90 days (see ECDOH guidance). ECDOH contact tracers added vaccination status questions to their case investigation scripts, and will confirm how vaccination may affect quarantine when speaking with close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
If a person received the full vaccine series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and is (1) exposed to an individual who tested COVID-19 positive or (2) traveled to a U.S. state other than those contiguous to New York and remains asymptomatic, that person will not need to quarantine under the criteria specified on the ECDOH COVID-19 web site.
Additionally, a person who recovered from a COVID-19 infection and remains asymptomatic will not need to quarantine under the criteria specified on the ECDOH COVID-19 web site
Erie County strongly discourages travel to states with high rates of COVID-19 transmission. All travelers must complete the NYS traveler form upon arriving in New York State. Travelers from states not bordering New York State who want to shorten their mandatory 10-day quarantine must follow New York's testing regimen.
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As of Nov. 4, 2020 - Some travelers to New York may now “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Travelers from Contiguous States: Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are not required to observe the mandatory 10-day quarantine after entering New York. They are, however, required to fill out the NYS Traveler Health Form.
Essential Workers: Essential workers are exempt from the 10-day quarantine after travel unless they stay for more than 3 days.
Travelers from Non-Contiguous States (and International Travelers): For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:
For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. If the test comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the negative diagnostic test result.
Read more about the state's new guidelines.
Read the ECDOH standing order for travel, close contacts and quarantine.
Travel to Canada - Effective November 21, 2020, the Canadian government has announced new requirements that all travelers with a final trip destination of Canada must submit information through the ArriveCAN mobile app or online portal. For the most up to date information, refer to: https://travel.gc.ca/covid-19-travel.
The university is assisting students on a one-on-one basis if they are unable to travel to UB because of travel bans. International students who are unable to return are advised to contact International Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the best course of action for continuing their academic careers at UB.
Faculty and staff might have already made travel arrangements and incurred UB business-related expenses for upcoming travel that may have been cancelled due to concerns related to COVID-19. Visit the UB Travel Services website for information on UB and SUNY policies on reimbursement.
Please check with event organizers for the most updated information about scheduled UB conferences or events.
Visit the following page for the latest information on UB's travel reimbursement practices.
Updated November 20, 2020